BROOKS, AARON

Position: Pitcher

DOB: April 27, 1990

Height: 6’4″ / Weight: 225

Bats: Right / Throws: Right

40-man roster: No

How acquired: Waivers from Cubs (August 23, 2017)

Profile: Originally drafted by the Kansas City Royals out of Cal State San Bernardino in the ninth round in 2011, Brooks moved quickly through the Royals farm system and made his MLB debut with Kansas City in 2014.  He bounced between the big leagues and Triple-A in 2014 and 2015 before being traded to Oakland along with pitcher Sean Manaea in exchange for infielder Ben Zobrist at the trade deadline in 2015.  His stint in Oakland was a short one, as he was traded to the Chicago Cubs in February of 2016, but after suffering a hip injury early on, he missed almost all of the 2016 season.  Brooks started 24 games for the Triple-A Iowa Cubs in 2017 before being designated for assignment in August.  The Brewers claimed him off waivers from the Cubs and assigned him to their Triple-A team in Colorado Springs.  With a 93 mph fastball that has good sink to it, combined with a slider and a changeup, Brooks isn’t over-powering but instead, pitches to contact, relying on his defense behind him.

2011:  After signing with the Royals for a bonus reported to be worth $90,000, Brooks made his way to Idaho Falls in the Pioneer League, where he began his professional career.  He appeared in 15 games, starting 13 and wound up going 6-2 with a 3.84 ERA, earning a spot on the Pioneer League’s Postseason All-Star team.

2012:  The Royals gave Brooks his first taste of full-season ball in 2012, as they moved him up to Low-A Kane County.  He started all 27 games that he pitched in for the Cougars and posted a reocrd of 9-12 with a 4.98 earned run average.

2013:  Brooks moved to High-A Wilmington to start the 2013 season, going 2-3 with a 4.47 ERA in ten starts, then earned a promotion to Double-A Northwest Arkansas.  He finished out the 2013 season there, making 16 starts, and going 7-7 with a 4.17 ERA.

2014:  Kansas City had Brooks head to Triple-A Omaha to begin 2014, but quickly called him up to the big leagues as he made his MLB debut on May 3rd.  He saw action in two games with the Royals, but spent the bulk of the year at Triple-A, going 12-3 with a 3.88 ERA.

2015:  2015 saw more of the same for Brooks as he spent much of the first half with Omaha, while making two appearances with the Royals.  He was traded to Oakland at the deadline and appeared in 11 games for the A’s, starting nine of them and went 3-4 with a 6.71 ERA.

2016:  Traded to the Cubs prior to the start of the season, Brooks suffered a hip injury early in the year which hampered him for most of the 2016 season.  He made just five appearances at Triple-A Iowa, starting four games, and went 1-1 with a 7.71 ERA.

2017:  Brooks returned to Triple-A Iowa to begin the 2017 season, making 24 starts for the I-Cubs.  He went 8-9 with a 6.20 ERA and was designated for assignment in August.  The Brewers claimed him off waivers and he joined their Triple-A team in Colorado Springs.  With Milwaukee needing to free up a spot on their 40-man roster in September, Brooks was again DFA’s, then outrighted to Colorado Springs in September.